The Catholic Church professes that, in the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world… For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (Jn 6:51-55). The whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine—the glorified Christ who rose from the dead after dying for our sins. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.
Parishioners are encouraged to receive Communion as often as possible. It is the duty of parents too, to participate in the Mass and sacramental programs in the parish, so that their children will be adequately prepared for the their first reception of the Eucharist and will continue to grow and be nourished in their spiritual life with Christ.
If you know of anyone who is homebound, and would like to receive communion. Our parish – like many others – has volunteers who will be more than happy to visit them and administer the Eucharist. Linda Gillies co-ordinates this ministry in our Parish her Contact details can be found in our Parish directory.